Hartlepool Sixth Form College


AS / A2 Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of materials: what they are made from, how they interact with each other and their surroundings. To be successful in Chemistry you need to be able to think logically, and be creative, numerate and analytical.

In the first year, students cover the foundations of Chemistry, the periodic table, energy and core organic Chemistry. In addition to this, the development of practical skills in Chemistry is assessed during lesson time where students perform set practical tasks, analyse and evaluate data.

In the second year, students build on their knowledge of chemistry by studying physical Chemistry and explore the transition elements as well as studying organic Chemistry and analytical techniques at a deeper level.

A level Chemistry Linear Course

Content is split into six teaching modules:


Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) 100 marks 2 ¼ hrs written paper - 37%

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) 100 marks 2 ¼ hrs written paper - 37%

Unified Chemistry (03) 70 marks 1 ½ hrs written paper - 26%

Practical endorsement in chemistry (04) Non exam assessment reported seperately

AS level Chemistry

Content is split into four teaching modules:


Breadth in Chemistry 70 marks 1 ½ hrs written paper - 50% of total AS level

Depth in Chemistry 70 marks 1 hour 30 minutes written paper - 50% of total AS level


Nearly all students who complete the A level Chemistry course go onto enter higher education.

Students who have studied Chemistry have secured places to read a wide range of degree subjects. These have included: Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, BioPharmaceutical Sciences, Engineering (Chemical, Mechanical, Civil), Natural Sciences, Zoology, Psychology, Mathematics and Environmental Science.